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    Rudyard Kipling composed a very poignant poem about how the public generally behaves toward their military that has held true for centuries before and after him when he composed "Tommy" about a common soldier by the name of Thomas Atkins typifying the British soldier during WWI(Excerpt):

    O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away"; But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play, The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play.

    Posted in: Disaster aid puts new face on U.S. military in Japan

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    Passenger traffic between U.S.-Japan will probably decline over the near-term as these flight plan changes by the airlines suggest. Expansion plans will eventuallly take place in due course.

    Posted in: Some airlines put Japan expansion on hold

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    The shoe fits on the other foot when I recall Japanese cancelled vacation plans to the U.S. during 9/11 out of guilt ... at least among my Japanese friends then.

    Posted in: Hawaii braces for downturn in travelers from Japan

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    Japanese can thank their lucky stars that they're Japanese in times of a crisis like this and should be or are deserving of the respect they are receiving from around the world for their public deportment. A classic case study for psychologists seeking an explanation for the orderly behaviour of the Japanese. Something about the group thing where no one single individual stands out in this crisis as it happened during the Katrina debacle. Everyone pitches in.

    Posted in: What do you think of the Japanese government's response to the earthquake-tsunami disaster so far?

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    During the Kobe earthquake,the most asked for item from friends with the care package I was sending was a portable gas burner and extra cans of propane to cook their food with.

    Posted in: Stocking up

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    I agree Gurukun.

    Posted in: Fukushima No. 3 reactor's container feared damaged

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    I've seen wins described as such by anonymous and former sekitoris for decades. So how far back does one suspect that "fixing" took place? Since the Edo period? Some enterprising TV station should have a program detailing the daily match as fixed not fixed. Too bad sumo has come to this.

    Posted in: The TV viewer's guide to sumo bout fixing

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    Heartless as it may seem, best for government to take them over through imminent domain as the last resort.

    Posted in: Rise in number of empty houses a growing problem for Tokyo

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    I would say this article is fundamentally correct. I always use a landmark , i.e., store, station, intersection, etc., to guide the taxi driver for quicker results. Many of drivers by the way in Japan based on my discussions with them were laid-off from their career jobs so give them a break during their learning curve.

    Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless?

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    I understood there was a converter system that changes the 50/60 cycle transmission between East and West Japan somewhere in or near Nagoya some years ago.

    Posted in: Kan calls quake worst crisis since World War II; OKs power outages

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    Makes up for not being invited to Prince William and Ms Middleton's wedding. Anyway, a good gesture on the part of GB.

    Trivia: doubt many of you out there can name the members of the G-8, let alone the G-20 without looking it up.

    Posted in: Obama to make state visit to Britain in May; stay at Buckingham Palace

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    Demonstrates how democracy can get somewhat messy and boisterous at times. In a way, a very inefficient way to govern. Look at Japan as a clear example. But as ole Churchill said, we have not found a better way to govern.

    Posted in: 14 Wisconsin lawmakers flee state to block anti-union bill

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    China : overthrow I doubt. Secession or home rule for Tibet and Jiangyin (Muslims): possible. N. Korea : implosion from economic collapse creating caretaker government of China or S. Korea.

    Posted in: What do you think about the wave of anti-government protests in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Iran? Should countries like China and North Korea feel uneasy about it?

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    Rainman1 .... Thanks for the up date on Narita. Good to hear they remodeled. By the way, no American airline purchased A380 except FEDEX and UPS. All are opting for the Boeing 787 which is more practical for their U.S. domestic demand. Only 13 U.S. international airports are currently gearing up to handle it with one backing out (Hartfiedl, Atlanta). My town is also upgrading our airport for the A380 traffic from Europe by moving the airport 30 miles out, but it won't be ready until 2018, by then, I'll be dead and gone, pushing up daisies.

    Posted in: Air France begins A380 Flights between Paris and Tokyo

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    The French seem to fear retirement after 60 when most countries are between 62 - 67. Retirement benefits should increase accordingly for the extension to satisfy these concerns. Japan is increasing the retirement by one year every 3 years. So the official retirement age will be 65 by 2015. I believe our Congress is talking about extending it to 67 but how they do it is still up in the air.

    Posted in: French unions strike over pension overhaul

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    I haven't been to Narita in a while; have they remodeled the airport to accomodate the plane or are they resorting to the same method of meeting the plane with buses at the tarmac? I estimate it might take an additional couple of hours to clear immigration and customs before boarding bus limousines heading for Tokyo. Not easy to travel in Japan in spite of its efficient transportation system.

    Posted in: Air France begins A380 Flights between Paris and Tokyo

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    I have one more anecdote : in the early 70's I and my American business friend visited Nagasaki on August 9 after seeing a factory in Miyazaki Pref. (A tortuously long trip in those days). The entire city was commemorating a day of peace during the anniversary of the day the atomic was dropped. He felt very uncomfortable about it and stayed in his hotel room for the remainder of that day. We returned to the States the following week and stopped off at Honolulu for a few days and visited the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbour. Over half of the visitors in our group visiting the shrine were Japanese tourists. It was a solemn and quiet occasion for all.

    Posted in: Pearl Harbor marks 65th anniversary of WWII's end

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    Pearl Harbor will remain a symbol in the hearts and minds of all Americans for many a generation and longer. In contrast, Japan tries to forget. A young visiting Japanese businessman of ours visited us on Dec. 7 and didn't realize Dec. 7 was the anniversay of the attack.

    Posted in: Pearl Harbor marks 65th anniversary of WWII's end

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    I read excerpts of the book on the web and am continually amazed how well the Brits have impeccable command of the English language. In otherwords, you have to read it word for word to ingest the information. It's like reading Charles Dicken's "Bleak House" but wouldn't go so far as to say that it's equivalent to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales". In otherwords, you can't skim read it. I also have deep respect for both the British and Japanese for their speaking abilities as well. They know their respective syntaxes well.

    Posted in: Blair memoir excites booksellers, riles critics

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    Western and Muslim cultures are light years apart. I don't see the two ever getting along. Been that way since the Crusades. Those supporting the Mosque, do it by intellectualizing it while those who oppose it, do it by emotionalizing it; the two arguments, again, are light years apart from ever reconciling with each other....zero-sum situation. Very similar to what's going on in Jerusalem between the Islamic Dome of the Rock shrine and the Tower of David that are almost across the street from each other.

    Posted in: New York Imam: Mosque fight about Muslim role in America

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